We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Cairo.
Images of Egypt bring forth thoughts of camels, endless sand, souqs, Pharaohs, the Pyramids, and a far off and exotic land. The many achievements of the ancient Egyptians have deeply impacted our modern world. They were masters quarrying, surveying and construction techniques; a system of mathematics; a practical and effective system of medicine; irrigation systems and agricultural production; the first known ships, glass technology; new forms of literature; and the earliest known peace treaty. The Egyptian legacy rivals that of the Romans.
Cairo's cost of living is relatively low, but the average Cairene still struggles to make a living. Many choose go overseas and send money home. Many in the poorest sector are forced to send their children to work .
As the center of the economy, Cairo is the center for rapid development. One building in five is less than 15 years old. This amount of growth has exceeded the city services. Homes, roads, electricity, telephone and sewer services have all been in short supply.
Today's Egypt is still ground-breaking. It is the seat of a growing revolution where people have directly taken on a corrupt government and they are working to make a government of the people. Along with this revolutionary spirit, there is a burgeoning artistic scene which is already world famous for its music, film, theater, and TV production. Notable world figures such Nobel Prize winner for Literature Naguib Mahfouz, the acclaimed movie director, Yousef Chahine, the Egyptian actor Omar Sherif, and the Arabic diva Umm Kolthoum all hail from Egypt. They have also made contributions in the fields of science and philosophy with leaders such as Ahmed Hassan Zuweil - winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and Sir Magdy Yaacoub - acclaimed surgeon.
Currently, Egypt's impact is primarily felt in the Middle East, but that is set to change. Like a place coming out of the dark ages, Egypt is primed to explode onto the world wide stage.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Cairo and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
Last but not least, you can download the full guide in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.